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Suffolk Psychology Society

Suffolk Psychology Society is pleased to announce an exciting series of lectures for the 2019/2020 academic year. Starting with Camilla Ghazala on Monday 11th November at 5.30pm in WLT2.

Attendance is free and we welcome all interested parties not just University of Suffolk members.

The Suffolk Psychology Society aims to engage locals in a mind stimulating series of talks where current issues are discussed from a scientific perspective. Talks will last for approximately 45 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for questions.

There will be an opportunity to meet the guest speaker after the talk and ask any further questions. Free refreshments are provided where you will be able to get to know people and create networks.

To register, please click the book now link under the relevant event.

For further information about the Society please contact Dr Emmanouil Georgiais, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology by email:, or telephone 01473 338853. 



Lecture series

  • Lecture 1, Monday 11th November, 5.30pm in WLT2

Camilla Ghazala: Mindfulness, scientific definition and usage

Mindfulness is a practical technique that enable us to work with ourselves, others and life being generally grounded, energised, respectful, practical and collaborative.

Practicing mindfulness regularly develops our internal and external respectful observation skill.

Respectful observation enables us to proactively manage our psychological and emotional aspects (often labelled as Mental Health) in the same way we can proactively manage our physical health. For the majority, consistent Mental Health issues when holistically understood, can be reduced through healthy psychological development and for many prevented. When we consistently practice respectful observation, we develop our ability to feed thoughts and emotions that encourage us to generally remain, grounded, human, energised so we can manage the ups and downs, highs and lows of life with an internal culture that connects our mind, heart and gut intelligences.

Common mental health issues include anxiety, stress, depression, emotional eating, addictions, excess behaviours and diminished self-care. The latest research shows that 75% + of these issues are preventable. For the majority of those in the UK patterns of stressed, depressed, addictions, are not a prerequisite of life. Our lives are not under constant threat, yet we have a mental health epidemic symbiotic with living in horrendous, terrifying war-torn city.

Mental Health issues are real and experienced in the mind and body. To develop an internal culture which moves away from living in strain and distress requires specialised psychological attention, the underlying psychology which drives these cycles require respectful understanding. Only then can we move onto enabling the development of a culture that is predominantly malleable, grounded and energised.

If we skip a stage of our human healing process we may end up in the same place thought it may look different in the beginning.

Mindfulness when learned from a qualified and experienced professional who maintains their own practice, enables development of psychological flexibility, collaboration with the self and others, a compassionate solution focused attitude and flexibility in pace.

There is a great deal of robust clinical research showing the brains fantastic ability to develop and improve many vital functions that previously were believed to be degenerative.

We have a responsibility to take care of our psychological, emotional and physical health and the majority of the UK’s population are fortunate they have the opportunities and capacity to do this. As adults we have the option of modelling to the following generations how to work with others, life in a collaborative and creative manner. There are no total health guarantees, magic wands or single answers.

The philosophy that runs in parallel with Mindfulness is totally optional, you need no belief, religious or spiritual system or interest to learn and practice in this technique and to my knowledge there no contraindications with any religions, beliefs or philosophies. Learning and practising anything requires a commitment and enough time, energy, space to maintain. If in any form of current health or social crisis this is not the time to take on a new commitment.

In this brief introduction we will look at: a) what Mindfulness is and is not b) uses c) science behind mindfulness d) styles of thinking that create common MH issues e) who is it not for?

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